This year, not being in any position to stand in line for any extended period, I applied for an absentee ballot, and inasmuch as I generally hand out endorsements, or non-endorsements, about this time in the election cycle, I figure I'd let you know which little boxes I filled in with blue or black pen. I skipped, you should know, the Straight Party Voting section, though I have to admit I was amused to see the Libertarians up there with those, um, other parties.

First item is POTUS, and a list of the seven electors for each of the three candidates that made it to the ballot. (Evan McMullin, I must report, did not make it, and Oklahoma has no provision for write-ins. Too bad; I'd have loved to see Mindy Finn as Veep.) The two "major"-party candidates have been vying for Most Loathsome for some time; I reasoned that the Johnson-Weld ticket would be the least offensive to my sensibilities, and marked the box accordingly. Besides, if the Libertarians do well in the Big Election, they'll be back on the ballot in the small ones.

Reasoning similarly, I selected Robert T. Murphy, the Libertarian seeking James Lankford's Senate seat. This is Murphy's second try; he collected 2 percent of the vote last time out. For the District 5 House seat held by Steve Russell, I considered Libertarian Zachary Knight, but then I noticed out of the corner of my eye that Knight is apparently also a Libertarian elector, and for some reason that made me take him a little bit less seriously, so I went for Democrat Al McAffrey, who is a Known Quantity.

The District 87 state-house seat vacated by Jason Nelson is up for grabs, and truth be told, if Nelson, a Republican, had stayed on, I'd have supported him: he grew in stature, I thought, in each of his three terms. Collin Walke and Bruce Lee Smith have been waging a Rude Flyer war this past week, with the usual insinuations one expects around here; I opted for Libertarian Elle Collins, who had the modest slogan "Elle is for Liberty." Yeah, sometimes that's enough.

In county offices, I went for one Republican (David B. Hooten, County Clerk) and two Democrats (Anastasia Pittman, Court Clerk, and John Whetsel, Sheriff.) I am not fond of Whetsel, who is about two terms past his sell-by date, but opponent Mike Christian comes off as a genuine nutball, the sort who fakes endorsements.

My long-standing rule for judicial-retention ballots is this: if I've heard of you, there's probably a good reason for it, and I'll turn you down. I drew a blank on all seven names, so all seven (two Supreme Court, two Court of Criminal Appeals, three Court of Civil Appeals) get my blessing.

You already know what I think of this year's State Questions, and that's how I voted: for 780 and 792, against the rest. And I decided to support all three of the bond propositions by the Oklahoma City Public Schools, since, hell, they need the money.

Election officials spent 67.5 cents to mail me this packet; I slapped two First Class stamps on the return envelope and dropped it in the mail on Monday. (Two of the Office Babes served as witnesses; it is no longer required that the ballot be notarized.) I assume the Postal Service can deliver it over a distance of eight miles in eight days.

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  1 November 2016

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